B.C. oysters, mussels could contain paralytic toxin
Consumers are being warned that some oysters and mussels for sale in B.C. could contain a toxin that can cause paralysis or even death.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for Royal Miyagi and Little Wing Oysters from Albion Fisheries and mussels from Aquatec Seafoods and Taylor Shellfish.
For complete details of the recall, click here.
The CFIA says that the affected seafood may contain toxins that can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.
Symptoms of PSP include numbness of the face, dizziness and a prickly feeling in the fingers and toes. More severe cases can advance to include slurred speech, trouble breathing, temporary blindness, vomiting and difficulty coordinating the limbs.
In the most extreme cases, PSP can cause paralysis of the respiratory muscles, leading to death in less than 12 hours after consumption.
So far, no cases of PSP have been reported in connection with the recalled shellfish.
It has been a bad few weeks for B.C. oysters.
Last week, Pacific Rim Petite raw oysters were also the subject of a recall because they were thought to contain food-borne pathogens.
And at the end of September, more than 20 illnesses were reported in connection with oysters that the CFIA warned could be contaminated with norovirus.